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With Great Love


Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Week of July 11, 2021
Scripture: Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it ...
(Psalm 24:1, NRSV)


The earth belongs to God! Everything on, in, and around the earth belongs to God! The whole world, and all the plants and animals and people who live in it, belong to God!

This is good news. God is trustworthy, and God provides. Plus God is astoundingly imaginative and into intricate detail. We are fortunate indeed.

I want all things to belong to God. It is too much for my frail frame to try to control just the parts of the world within my immediate reach. I can't fathom the idea of claiming ownership of anything past that.

At the same time, I do want to contribute. I don't believe that "God's got this" and I can go chill out in a hammock somewhere. It doesn't work like that.

God made the world.
God loves the world.
God made me.
God loves me.
I love God back.
I want to do what God wants me to do.
God wants me to love what God loves.
So I try to love the world.

A big job, and it doesn't seem possible – what can I do? – but then I remember the wisdom of Mother Teresa, who certainly exemplified loving God's world:

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

Yes. We can. Thanks be to God.


Loving God, fill us with your patience and perception, that we may do small things with great love. Amen.

Lindy ThompsonLindy Thompson
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church
Franklin, TN 


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